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Bernard Frenicle de Bessy

b. 1605 Paris
d. 1675

Frenicle de Bessy was another member of the Mersenne circle. He was elected to the Académie Royale de Paris in 1666.

From Frenicle we have a letter addressed to Christiaan Huygens regarding the game of cross & pile (heads or tails). Long after his death, we find published in the Memoires de L'Academie Royale des Sciences. Depuis 1666 jusqu'à 1699, Tome V, 1729 five works by Frenicle. Included among these is his Abrege des Combinaisons or Abridgement on Combinations on pages  87–125. Within this particular work is a section entitled Hazard which concerns the Genoise lottery. This section may be found on pages 118-123.